Working with Faith-Based Communities: Baseline Findings from the Masculinité, Famille et Foi Study in Kinshasa, DRC

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Transforming Masculinities (TM), known locally as Masculinité, Famille, et Foi (MFF), targets young couples who are newly married (NMC) or first-time parents (FTP), church congregation members, faith leaders and gender champions. The intervention consists of a series of trainings and workshops that guide faith leaders and congregation members through a process of participatory reflections to identify, create, disseminate, and embrace new, positive masculinities and gender equality and to take action. The goal is community-wide norms shifting and behavior change that embodies gender-equity in the household and puts into practice a new, positive masculine identity that encompasses reduced IPV, shared decision-making within couples, and increased FP use.

This brief focuses on baseline activities from the longitudinal couple survey for 18-35 year-old NMC and FTP in intervention and comparison congregations, the cross-sectional diffusion survey among 18-49 year-old community members in intervention and comparison congregations, and in-depth interviews among faith leaders, gender champions, NMC, and FTP.